Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, part two

Although time constraints prevented Carol and I from properly exploring the inside of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, we were able to linger over the outside attractions.  These included several larger than life size bronze statues and the Wall of Honor Plaza.
The Wall itself features a clever two-sided design. 
When viewed from the east, one sees a herd of galloping Quarter Horses. 
The Western perspective is a checkerboard of granite bricks...
which pay tribute to various people and horses.
Four large bronze statues stand watch outside the buildings entrance. 
These memorials are as versatile as the breed they celebrate.  There's a cutter, 
two racehorses, 
and two show horses.
This statue is a memorial to the great Dash For Cash
whose ashes are buried beneath it.
 Not surprisingly, my favorite of the group was this portrait of Rugged Lark with his owner, Carol Harris.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Rugged Lark in 1994, so I couldn't resist posing with his memorial!  
Technically, this last statue of Wimpy P-1 isn't part of the same collection since it stands outside AQHA Headquarters rather than the Hall of Fame & Museum.  Still, it fits in nicely with the others...
and provides a nice transition to the next road trip post, which will highlight some of the artwork hanging on the walls of the AQHA Headquarters.

6 comments:

  1. I've got a question about western performance here: http://braymere.blogspot.com/2011/05/western-pleasure-and-model-horse-part_05.html?m=1#comment-form

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  2. I went to the AQHA Museum in the late 1990s. Your inside photos bring it back. The outside wall was not there yet, nor do I recall so many statues. Thank you, looking forward!

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  3. Something tells me that the statue of Rugged Lark is a bit larger than life-sized... ;)

    -Kelsey Roe

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  4. Reminds me of the Kentucky Derby museum.

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  5. I love horse statues...
    ~AHG488

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  6. Yes yes yes, definitely want to go here!

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